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Publisher's Summary

The wait is over! John Green, the number one best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back.

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

©2017 John Green (P)2017 Listening Library

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I hate to call it a trigger warning, but-

John Green is, as always, an excellent writer, and this performance is really good at 1.25 speed (at just normal speed it was a little flat in places, but that might just be me). However, if you actually HAVE anxiety, be prepared to take this book slowly. Maybe some people it won't affect, but I had to take regular breaks or risk having a panic attack of my own. Aza's spirals felt very real and very tangible and too, too familiar.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Heart wrenching

Not only does John Green deliver his usual beautifully crafted cry fest, but as a person with a mental illness, this stuck a chord deep within me. It provides a voice to the very abstract in a wonderfully accurate and complex manner that is very hard to find.
I'm not usually a fan of audiobooks, as I prefer pacing the story according to my emotional responses, but Kate Rudd delivers an entrancing performance that I was unable to stop listening to for longer than 10 minutes, even though I got this book way too late in the day for it to be appropriate to consume it in one sitting. It's 1:47 am on the 11/10/17 as I type this. That's how good this is.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't finish.

The story was mildly entertaining. Definitely written for the young adult audience, maybe even preteen. I couldn't finish because the narrator was horrible and it was very distracting. It sounded like she'd just learned to read and her accent was not typical of a person from Indiana.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narrator's delivery distracted throughout

As someone with both first-hand and family experience of OCD, I found John Green's depiction of his main character's mental struggles disturbingly familiar. I wish Green hadn't written Aza Holmes as already seeing a therapist and in possession of prescribed medication, because Aza's resistance to taking her meds makes her anxieties not just a curse, but also a choice. For too many OCD sufferers, particularly young ones, diagnosis and medication remain months or years away.

As usual, Green has the YA mindset down pat. I admire his deft hand in creating adolescent characters: they're silly and insecure one moment, dramatic and self-importantly profound the next.

Unfortunately, Kate Rudd's narration robbed this book of being a four or five star read for me. Though she's clearly capable of reading with feeling, she has an annoying verbal tic of over-pronouncing words, particularly "to" (whether used with infinitive verbs--to go, to think, to eat, etc.--or as a preposition). It sounds choppy and halting, as if the text is being read by a first grader picking her way through a sentence, and it consistently threw me out of the story.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story. Mediocre narration.

John green did amazingly, again, but the narration leaves a little to be desired. It doesn’t make the book unable to be enjoyed but it definitely wasn’t my favorite.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly small amount of actual turtles.

An amazing insight to the life of someone with mental illness. Wonderful! Kept me hooked! Listened as much as I could! Great narration, incredible story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good book, terrible reading

John Green has created beautiful, endearing characters and a great story. Kate Rudd’s performance was barely tolerable. At times I thought a computer was reading it! Sorry Kate, but yikes!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Another great John Green book

As always, John Green has delivered a wonderful read. I finished it in one day. Kate Rudd is a great narrator as well, giving the already lively book a brilliant performance. I’m sure this is a book I’ll revisit often.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Meh.

Probably John Greens worst book. I think what really threw me off was the narrator. She sounded like a robot.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Made me feel.

I'm not the kind of person who really get emotional over books, in my long book reading history I can only name a few that actually made me feel and this book is the newest addition. I got this book pretty much solely because it was written by john green and I do love his work but I wasn't too interested in the plot but alas as I listened to it I grew more and more atratched and now that its over... John Green has produced another wonderfully written novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful